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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. bay area community saying good-bye to a mother and daughter killed in the san bruno pipeline explosion. they were honored at a vigil
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last night and funeral today. anne makovec reports. >> reporter: it is a drizzly dreary day here in the sunset district in san francisco. very appropriate for what's going on behind me. the funeral mass is wrapping up as we speak. you can hear the bells tolling for the mother and daughter killed in the explosion. it was a packed house in the saint cecilia catholic church and not a dry eye in it. the church was decked out in 13- year-old janessa grieg's favorite color a bright orange for a girl known for her smile. >> she was so kind to everyone. she never had a bad thing to say about anyone. and everyone loved her. >> reporter: she and her mother regularly went to mass at this church in san francisco. >> they made a very important mark on the marsh with their work on trying to move us in a wonderful and positive direction.
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>> reporter: they were killed last week when a gas line exploded and fire brought down their house in san bruno. 13-year-old janessa was in the eighth grade, president of the student body, piano player, dancer and actress in school plays. >> she was just larger than life and she has such a -- such an amazing gift for living that when you -- as soon as you met her, you smiled because that's what she brought out in you. >> reporter: many of the people who attended were her classmates. school was cancelled for the day. >> she was really funny and made us all laugh when she smiled. >> she got her characteristics from her mom. her mom was intelligent, poised, she had a lot of class. >> reporter: jackie worked at the california public utilities commission for more than 20 years and even served on a committee focused on natural gas, but her main job was mother. >> the world should know how special the mother-daughter relationship is. >> reporter: at a memorial service last night, a tape of
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janessa speaking at her confirmation was played a memory of a girl said to be wise beyond her years. >> go ahead and look around. notice the church full of smiling faces, the face of of the people who really do care about us. >> reporter: and back out here live in san francisco, the music playing coming out of the church, there's a lot of crying and a lot of hugging going on in there. now, there are two other members of the grieg family. father and husband james and sister and daughter gabby. they didn't want to speak to the media, very upset. and we out of respect kept our cameras away from the rest of the family. allen. >> just breaks your heart. all right, anne makovec in san francisco, thanks. well, it now appears the number of people killed by the explosion has gone from four to seven because the family of three missing people released a statement saying that their loved ones are indeed dead. lavonne bullis and her son greg
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and 16-year-old grandson william were inside a home next to the blast site. the family says that the remains of two men and a woman were discovered at the house. the coroner is performing a dna test on the remains, but the results could take weeks to confirm. it's another false alarm for pg&e, though. a second school was evacuated after teachers reported smelling gas in their classrooms today. pg&e spokesman says there is no indication of a gas leak at crestmoor elementary school in san bruno. classes at the school have been cancelled for the day, though. officials say the smell was likely caused by a heater that was turned on. pg&e says that it has been receiving more calls since the pipeline explosion. >> you know, we are experiencing some calls, obviously. there was a call yesterday morning. there was a call here at this elementary school today. but we understand. there's a heightened sensitivity to this right now. and if anybody believes they're smelling gas or if they are, we
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want them to call us. >> yesterday students were evacuated from portola elementary school. the smell of gas also reported there. but investigators later determined the smell came from furnaces turned on for the first time in a year. a suspected scam artist who allegedly tried to profit from the disaster was also suspected in a deadly shooting. he was charge in a 2005 gang- related shooting in san francisco's bayview district. but prosecutors later dismissed the case after the sole witness was murdered. bennett was also suspected in a murder-for-hire plot and was sentenced to probation. now bennett is accused of trying to profit from the pipeline disaster along with these three women. san mateo county prosecutors have this message for anyone who tries to take explosion victims. >> we view them as vermin. >> yesterday, two of those suspects smith and justice were
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in court trying to impersonate victims in order to get free food and other aid. >> we are going to charge them, we are not going to plea bargain. and we are going to urge the courts to exercise no leniency to them. >> investigators also want to remind people to watch for identity thieves during this as well as contractors who might try to take advantage of the real victims. an unintended candle in an upstairs room caused a fire in palo alto this morning. fire broke out at a two-story home on university avenue at 7:30 a.m. the family got out. the fire was controlled just about an hour ago. but the house was severely damaged. family members say they woke unto the smoke and the flames. >> seems like i was in an oven when i woke up and there was smoke everywhere. >> nothing like this has ever happened to me before and trying to figure out what we do next. >> a total of 15 people in the
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burning house and nearby homes were evacuated. no injuries reported. well, it's mid-september, so 'tis the season for -- rain? really! we asked tracy, where's that weather coming from? >> it's actually still the last weekend of summer and we're talking about cool weather, cloudy conditions and rain showers. yeah. take a look outside. what are we talking about now? we are talking about where's my sunshine? definitely still misty out there. we have had drizzle all morning long. we are going to keep that in the forecast along the coast and close to just along the bay here. the only place you will see genuine sunshine is inatlanta. a frontal system is headed this way giving us the additional clouds saturday and a good chance of picking up rainfall across the bay area for sunday. coming up, we'll let you know which parts of the bay area are most likely to get wet. that's coming up. back to you. >> thank you.
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all right. at one particular apartment complex in walnut creek police say there's a fourth sexual assault all within the past few months. a berkeley man's jailed on charges related to the three previous cases but last night, a woman reported being assaulted inside a unit at the park regency apartments on oak road. prosecutors say dna tests linked the suspect in the other cases. antonio mouton. that's to one rape. but mouton pled not guilty. we're told this afternoon, marine biologists are going to try to remove this dead whale from the bow of a container ship. the whale was hit by the ship heading into the port of oakland. none of the crew realized what happened until they got to port. experts will take samples to determine if it died before or after it was hit. a deal to create the world's largest airline is going to move forward. this morning, shareholders approved a proposed merger between united and continental airlines. that vote is one of the last steps in the merger process.
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the new airline is simply going to be called united. but it's going to be run by continental's ceo. the deal is expected to close within the next two weeks. a push to make bay area schools safer is heating up two months after the san jose inferno. the dangerous loop hope lawmakers say needs to be closed. natalee holloway's mother face to face with her alleged killer, in prison. what she told him. coming up. ,, [ male announcer ] barbara boxer. she fought to get our veterans the first full combat care center in california.
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on. >> reporter: here in san jose, official met to say we need to close the loophole to allow them to remodel trace elementary school without installing a modern fire safety system, smoke detectors, fire sprinklers, that kind of thing. of course, this became an issue after 16 classrooms burned down on july 5 at trace elementary school. we talked to the superintendent of the san jose unified school district. he said they are convening a task force to talk about issues surrounding their entire school community when it comes to fire safety. the loophole that was used allows a school district to remodel classrooms without modern fire safety systems if ey

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TOPIC FREQUENCY San Francisco 5, San Bruno 3, California 3, Us 3, Barbara Boxer 2, Anne Makovec 2, Bennett 2, Tracy 1, Lavonne Bullis 1, Linda Marie Macdonald 1, Antonio Mouton 1, Gabby 1, Unit 1, California Public Utilities Commission 1, L.l.c. 1, Kcbs 1, Geico 1, Smith 1, Janessa 1, America 1
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